Amanda (Amonda) Crockett McClure
The wife of The Celeste Courier editor died Monday afternoon, November 9, ___, at 3:50 PM, after a lingering illness.
She had been sick for about a year and gradually grew worse until the end came Monday.
She was a native of Missouri, having been born at Butler, the county seat of Bates County, and was brought to Oklahoma by her father in early childhood and was reared and educated in Oklahoma. Her mother died while she was a small child and she came to Texas after she was the grown and the wife of The Courier editor.
She made a profession of religion after coming to Texas and joined the Baptist Church and lived an exemplary Christian life.
She learned the printing business and was a good printer and did much work in the printing office and also did writing for the paper.
She had many friends in Celeste and all that knew her loved her.
The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 PM at the Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. M. F. Wells who is the retiring pastor of the Methodist Church here, and burial followed in the Mount Carmel Cemetery about 5:30 PM.
The song service was led by W. W. Gregory. Mrs. J. G. Roach sang a solo, "When They Ring Those Golden Bells" being assisted by the choir on the chorus. The choir also sang "Shall We Gather at the River," "Abide With Me," and closed with "Nearer My God to Thee." Miss Mary Eastwood played the piano in her beautiful and impressive way.
The services at the church were beautiful and impressive. The Courier editor also spoke and told of the beautiful life of his companion that had passed away. The services were concluded at the grave where the flower girls placed the beautiful floral offerings on the mound after the ceremony.
The editor wishes to thank all for the floral offerings, especially the Baptist Missionary Society, the Methodist Missionary Society, and Dorothy Nell Conine.
The pallbearers were W. W. McMichael, the Rev. Sam Jones, J. F. Hart, Raymond Conine, Albert Norris, and J. R. Eastwood.
The editor wishes to thank all those mentioned above who assisted with the funeral and also to thank all who attended the funeral and burial whose names we cannot mention but who showed their friendship and loyalty to The Courier family and the deceased.
Also, the editor wishes to thank those who sat up with the family on Monday night. Also we wish to thank Mr. McMichael for assisting in the arrangement and to thank the women who assisted with the arrangement, all the names of which we do not know and cannot give, and we also wish to make mention of the generous ladies who assisted with our meals and with the dressing and arranging of the deceased. And for the many kind words and acts said and given to us in this very trying and sad hour of bereavement, the names of all we cannot mention but wish to offer this as our word of thanks and appreciation to them all.
We also wish to thank The Greenville Herald Banner, which had a nice article about the death and funeral and other nice things said, including, "Mrs. McClure was one of the most prominent women of Celeste and her death has cast a gloom over that town and community. She was possessed of many splendid traits that endeared her to a host of friends throughout this county and section."
We also wish to thank The Greenville Herald Banner for the beautiful mention of the death and funeral.
A brother and two sisters and a brother-in-law of the deceased drove four-hundred miles here from Oklahoma to attend the funeral, being Jim Crockett, Forest Lawrence and wife, and Mrs. Marie Slate.
The maiden name of the deceased was Amanda (Amonda) Crockett, and she was a relative of the hero, David Crockett, who lost his life in the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio and helped to gain Texas Independence as a Republic.
In closing, we want to state that the deceased woman was one of those women who wanted to make her husband happy and not to be his dictator nor boss but ready at all times to be obedient to her husband and to do what she could to make his life happy and pleasant. She idolized her husband and made him the king in her home and really worshipped him in that sense we call feminine worship.
We want to make this tribute to her, realizing that we can never see her again in this world, but we cherish that fond hope that we may meet her again in that Glory Land where there is no more parting, nor more sorrow, no more sickness, no more pain, and no more death.
She made her husband very happy with the kind words and kind acts she gave to him.
(Undated clipping, The Celeste Courier)
Submitted by Sarah Swindell